January 26, 1917 - August 18, 2010 Architect Henry J Friel Jr., age 93, passed away on Thursday, August 19th. He lived a full and active life with many worldwide adventures. Born in Pennsylvania, his family drove across the country to settle in Long Beach, CA in 1919. Loving the beach community, he and his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Stanley Friel, settled in Redondo Beach. He graduated from the USC School of Architecture on June 7th, 1942, the day before his first daughter was born. As a lifelong Trojan fan he helped found one of the first Trojan Clubs. When he wasn't cheering on the USC football team, he could often be found exploring the outdoors, hiking the Sierra Nevada for weeks, camping, rafting, and fishing. He was also extremely active in the community. He was the Redondo Beach planning commissioner for 22 years and he maintained a lifelong AIA membership. As one of the first architects of the South Bay, he is best known for his design of Tony's on the Pier in Redondo Beach and the Harbor Master building. After his wife Stanley passed in 1997, he spent his remaining years in Ridgecrest, CA where he enjoyed the hot desert air. He is survived by his sister Geraldine Miller of San Diego, CA, and four children: Katharine Friel of Nipomo, CA; Terri Allred of Shelton, WA; Jay Friel of Ridgecrest, CA; and Laurel Shepherd of Kingman, AZ. Henry was "Opa" to 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Friend to many, he was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. A visitation will be held at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, on Tuesday, August 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 with Rosary at 7:00. Mass will be held the following day at St. James Church on Pacific Coast Highway at 10:00 AM with interment immediately following at Green Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Hospice, 1653 Triangle Dr., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

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  1. Dad was a gift from God. He was a remarkable man, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He lived his life by the Boy Scout Code, and I know that he is now in Heaven. reunited with our mother. It has been my honor and privledge to care for him during his last 6 months. Rest well, Dad.

  2. Opa was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Wonderful knowing and working with you over the years. Say hello to Frank and the others in the ASI gang that have gone on Aloha Doug and Ronny Kilpatrick

  4. I miss Opa already. Some of the best memories I had with him were camping & fishing with him and also visiting the cabin in the mountain. I also loved talking to him about sports, especially the Dodgers and Trojans. I always came away from the discussions knowing a little more about the game or the players.

  5. I’ve said for years that Daddy was gilding his wings everytime he did a kind, loving deed for someone else. I can see those gold wings sparkling in the sky, Daddy, and you will always be with me. I will proudly pass on your legacy to my sons and grandchildren.

  6. Deepest condolences for the Friel family. Our hearts are with you all at this sad time. The summer two years ago Mr. Henry Friel appeared at the UCLA apartment for a reunion with me after 40 years. He was as respectable and warm-hearted a man as had been before. How could I have thought that an unexpected disease would take his life now? My memories at Redondo Beach are hollow without him. I feel very sad. May he sleep peacefully. Hiroo

  7. Dad was a role model for so many, and not just for his own children. As a little girl I spent hours tagging along after him (because I was determined to help him build the house) and so I learned many useful skills; I learned a love of nature from him on our many camping trips; I learned how to be self-sufficient, and I learned to never give up on a goal. He taught me to always be just, honorable and truthful. I know that he had the same strong impact on so many of my generation and then on our children. Thank you, Dad

  8. I met Henry as an exchange-student in 1963. He was my Daddy since that time and escorted me through my life. As his German daughter I have only good memories, we had a wonderful time together. We all, my family and me, will miss him. Good by Daddy Love Monika

  9. Goodbye to my friend, my father, my fellow Trojan. He has enriched my life with his strength, his humor and above all his wisdom. Henry will always have a place in my heart.

  10. I always loved walking you through a map of my latest travels, which of course sparked your own memories that you’d share. It was always fun imaging your trips. I hope you and Oma are hiking around heaven together, I look forward to hearing about those adventures one day.

  11. Be happy with Oma once again Opa. God bless and much love. I can’t wait till I get to see what you had built in Heaven.

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